PADM 610 Discussion Board Module/Week 1 — Overview of Leadership and the Public Administration Context

Successful public managers understand how to apply leadership and management best practices to the public administration context.  This module introduces both to the student.  The course starts with an overview of what it takes to be a successful leader—specifically, the notion of “self-government” and personal leadership, or “intrapersonal leadership.”  Then, this discussion is applied to the public administration context.  In doing so, you will begin to develop your understanding of public administration statesmanship.

Reading & Study

Textbook Readings
A Biblical-Covenantal Perspective on Organizational Behavior & Leadership, Lessons 1 and 2
Article: Toward a Constitutional School for American Public Administration
Article: Federalist No. 27: Is Transparency Essential for Public Confidence in Government?
Article: Moral Leadership and Administrative Statesmanship: Safeguards of Democracy in a Constitutional Republic
Presentation: Servant Leadership

Discussion Board Forum: Statesmanship in the Public Administration Context
Topic: Statesmanship in the Public Administration Context
Define statesmanship and apply it to the Public Administration context.  In doing so, discuss the following relevant factors: 1) constitutionalism, 2) representative democracy, and 3) the necessary personal skills and statecraft needed to successfully achieve statesmanship.